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ART JOURNAL》A creative tale of many cities

Artists from around the world have gathered at the Taipei Artist Village to share their experiences of life in the concrete jungle

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

Chiu Li-wei's A Room That Moves Around.

PHOTO: COURTESY OF TAV

Citylogue (城市對話), a joint exhibition by artists from Taiwan, the UK, Australia, Germany and Japan is being held at the Taipei Artist Village (台北國際藝術村百里廳) and will run until the end of this year.

Participating artists include Susan Stockwell from the UK, Penelope Cain and Lorraine Heller-Nicholas from Australia, members of the Post Theater - an interdisciplinary multimedia theater consisting of artists from Germany and Japan - and Taiwanese artists Lai Pei-yu (賴珮瑜) and Chiu Li-wei (邱立偉).

Citylogue, the fourth joint exhibition presented this year by international artists at the Taipei Artist Village, is intended to allow artists to examine relations between themselves and cities they've lived in or visited, and to express their feelings about various aspects of life and foreign cultures.

Lai, who visited Yokohama, used star-like dots as city lights to skylines.

Chiu, who has visited New York, explored the common languages of the metropolises through the rhythms and patterns of light.

Stockwell, a renowned British artist, explored the vibrancy of the city via transport systems, maps and urban plans, translating them into abstract drawings and forms, sometimes using indigenous materials.

Heller-Nicholas, an Australian animator, used her work to look at teenage romance in Taiwan and examine its differences with youthful romances in Western countries. Her compatriot from Sydney, Cain, used video and installation art to explore the effect of globalization on human behavior and urban structures.

The Post Theater artists, who are visiting Taipei for the second time, called for cooperation between young artists to translate existing monuments in Taipei and Berlin into ginger-bread architecture.

Exhibition notes

What: Citylogue (城市對話)

When: Through Dec. 30; 10am - 7:30pm

Where: Barry Room, Taipei Artist Village (台北國際藝術村百里廳); 7 Beiping E Rd, Taipei City (台北市北平東路7號)

On the Net: More information is available in English and Chinese at www.artistvillage.org/?lang=cn


Beginning Dec. 1, participating artists will be available on Saturdays at 2:30pm to discuss their works with visitors to the exhibition and answer their questions.

The Taipei Artist Village is a four-story building located in Taipei's "government district." It was formerly the office building of the Taipei City Government's Public Works Department.

In October, 2001, the city's Cultural Affairs Department transformed the abandoned building into Taiwan's first international Artist Village and set up exchange programs with other cities around the world.

Since then, more than 130 visual artists, performing artists and writers from more than 30 countries have used the village as a base to create and publicize their work.

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